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to go over the fiscal cliff? >> harry reid. >> and if so, do the republicans get the blame, and do you think the president wants to go over the fiscal cliff? >> you know, republicans and democrats are going to get the blame for this. everybody is going to get the blame because it's a spending problem that has been decades in the making. when you look at the trajectory of how many has been spent in this country, you can go back 50, 60 years and see the articulation of where those dollars have been spent, see how that spending escalated coming through the '70s, back down a little bit with reagan, but not enough, and then, of course, when you reduce the taxes, you need to be reducing that spending, so the blame, there's -- there is plenty of blame to go around. i am really concerned that come january 1 you're going to see the taxes go up on people. you are going to see the obama care taxes come on to the books, and it's going to be kind of that taxmageddon, if you will, if we do not reach a resolution to these issues. as you've seen, you have to have some spending cuts and entitlement ref
billions of dollars more than even black friday. >>> well, with time running out to avoid the fiscal cliff, democrats and republicans have retreated to their home bases with all signs tonight pointing to us going over that cliff. that means taxes for 90% of us will be going up in days unless an agreement is reached. president barack obama is now in hawaii for christmas with his family. yesterday he urged the congress to adopt a stopgap measure to prevent taxes from rising on income under $250,000 a year and keep benefits flowing to unemployed folks. house speaker john boehner, he's home in cincinnati tonight. he failed to get members of his own party to support his plan b proposal for ending the crisis. today boehner was back on the attack, blaming democrats for the stalemate by refusing to include entitlements in the networkses. >> what the president has offered won't do anything to help our spending problem and address the crippling debt. he wants more spending and tax hikes that will hurt our economy, and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with thentitleme
republican on the fiscal cliff with congressman sooeven up lawsuit ter rhett and mcmulvaney. weighing in all of it is our political panel. "usa today's" washington bury rechief sussan page and ron duffy. i'm candy crowley. nine days after the mass shooting deaths in newtown, the president of the national rifle association joined the gun debate. >> i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> in a similar vein, lawmakers in a growing number of states including oklahoma, missouri, south dakota, virginia and oregon will consider laws allowing teachers and school administrators to carry firearms at school. the nra is moving ahead to have their national model school shield in place to schools that want it. to talk about the dangers and backlash is the program director assa hutchinson. thank you for joining us. one of the thing that struck me is there was no mention of any gun control in favor or in opposition, so i wanted to get you on the record. will the nra oppose any attempt to put new g
republican colleagues, by refusing to go along with revenues, are risking the fiscal cliff. >> there will not be a big deal. the chance for a big deal is with the debt ceiling. that is one of will have leverage to turn the country around. >> president obama urged congress to get a deal done when they returned from christmas break. president obama was among the dignitaries that attended the memorial service for the senator. the world war ii was the first japanese-american elected to both houses of congress, serving hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. he was 88 years old. former president bush is still in stable condition in a houston hospital. the 88-year-old former president has been hospitalized since november undergoing treatment for bronchitis. doctors are opportunistic he will make a full recovery. they said today he still needs to build up strength before they can release him. no discharge date has been set . >> it looks like the weather will be active as we head into the holiday week. just a few scattered clouds right now. when we tu
this practical problem ten days from now of the fiscal cliff. i said republicans would be well advised to accept the fact that president obama won the election and minimize the damage that will be done by the tax increase that is coming. >> chris: you would go for the stripped down obama plan? >> i would go for what the speaker tried to do late last week and try to get the number up from $250,000. yes, there is going to be a tax increase on the wealthy. i would try to protect investments as much as possible. do the amt patch. have a reasonable deal on estate taxes. i'm a squish on this. got to make the best of a bad situation. i think what will happen incidentally is republicans will be faced on monday, on december 31 with having to vote on a much worse proposal than the one they didn't give speaker boehner the majority for. >> chris: the plan b. >> harry reid will pass through the senate on thursday or friday a tax hike on everyone over $250,000 and republicans will have the joyc choice on m, letting it come to a vote. i think the speaker probably has to. b, will they lose 20 or 30 republicans
are watching the fiscal cliff clock. the president says that he has met republicans halfway. now, is it working? >>> and if you are not finished with your christmas shopping, you are not alone >>> only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> as people across the nation try to focus on the holidays, the events in newtown, connecticut, and the debate over gun control is controlling much of the conversation this weekend, regardless of which side of the debate you are on. the end goal is ending gun violence. a crowd gathered at a vigil aimed at doing just that. lauren demarco joins us there. >> reporter: president obama says that this is not just an issue for lawmakers and law enforcement. he says that's going to take all americans standing up and say, enough on behalf of our kids. and that is why the community is coming out tonight. the vigil in columbia heights was held in honor of 20 children and six school staff members killed. local stool keepers trish and her husband tim were among those who gathered. >> hopefully that will lead to some momentum. >> reporter: presid
and to protect society from them. and house republican's plan b to avoid a fiscal crisis collapses. is there a plan c or are we headed off the cliff? and top officials testify on capitol hill about the benghazi attack, but we'll have to wait longer to hear from hillary clinton. do they are role in that debacle effect her plans for 2016? welcome to the journal, editorial report, i'm paul gigot, as the nation copes with the shooting deaths of six deaths and 20 children at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut efforts turn now to preventing the next tragedy, with president obama appointing a task force for gun violence and members of congress calling for stricter gun control measures. but my guest this week says the heart of the problem is not the availability of weapons, but the abundance of individuals with severe mental disorders who are not being treated. dr. e fuller is the founder of the treatment advocacy center and author of the "insanity offense" how america's failure it treat the seriously mentally ill is endangering its citizens. doctor torrey. welcome here. and you'
saying republicans want to go off the fiscal deliver and republicans saying the president wants to go off the fiscal cliff. so, i think it's quite possible we will, although it's not going to be catastrophic the first day. so i think -- it will take past the first of the year for them to actually come one something. and i think they will come up with something before the economy just turns to disaster. >> perhaps it is nice we all go off the cliff together. john boehner, the implosion of plan b seems hugely tough for him to get over. account president actually negotiate with boehner if he can't deliver his own caucus? >> well, it was interesting. today, we had some republicans saying to us that if boehner thought add good deal, that he could get enough democrats on and some republicans, whe would put out a deal that might not get a majority of republicans. i don't see there is a bill now because the democrats are not so sure what kind of spending cuts they want. yes, i think john boehner is still in the mix, in the end, he is going to have to deliver in the house. he doesn't necessarily h
much. we'll turn to the fiscal cliff . it is approaching effort . it is earlier this week there is signs of progress and republican house speaker john boehner said plans don't do enough to address the key problem. nasa's government spending that could impact future americans . >> what the president offered so far will not resolve the spending problems . it will hurt our economy. a failing to reach a deal by december 31st would trigger tax hikes and spending hikes . and they say they are willing to continue to work toward a deal . the question is can they get it done in a time. here's steve in washington. will president obama focus on the fiscal cliff? do we know? >> probably not: there will not be done to much -- and president arrived in honolulu. within to his rented vacation home. he left washington last night after scaling back . it is still possible . he's focusing now on a middle class tax hike and extended unemployment benefits. and this congress laws can only pass for democrats and republicans and that means no one gets 100 percent of what they want. everybody has t
's look a potentially what you could face if the fiscal cliff begins in january. increase of $400 if your income is $20,000 a year. it increases substantially if your income is $40,000 to $64,000. deanna is on the phone from oregon. republican line. caller: there are so many issues to address here but i certainly wanted to talk to joshua specifically. i retired from the air force after 20 years and recently finished my master's degree. my thesis was on diagnosing and the affects of diagnosing on the economy. one of the things i discovered through my research, which i find remarkable -- my professors as well -- was that there were two types of social security. one that people pay into and one that people do not pay into. the one which is not paid into is the one that is consuming the majority of our resources regarding social security. as i was doing the research, my thesis, the question that came about -- i was seeing clients as an intern -- these people who were receiving benefits based on being 100% disabled. there was no clear, defining factor that said when a person was 100% disabled,
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for his plan the proposal on the fiscal cliff has embarrassed the speaker, but the speaker's failure means a solution to the fiscal cliff is, if they're going to be one, now resting squarely upon president obama. arsine to be vacationing president alone cannot propose gislation that wins majority support in both the house and senate, and the decision to go over the fiscal cliff now depends on his ability to successfully negotiate and to forge a compromise that appeals to both republicans and the far left in mr. obama's party. the president metwith senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining tothe fiscal cliff. preside
in the fiscal cliff at to be a republican discussion about what they were and were not willing to do. that did that seem to take place until earlier this week. the conversation was inconclusive. the one thing that has not happened yet, democrats have provided the votes on a lot of budget-related matters over the years but it was only after the tea party gave boehner permission to negotiate with the democrats -- those circumstances the to happen. we see you pushed as hard as you could. we now need to get something done. against thiso vote but work with the democrats. host: we have spoken to a number of republicans who say that the problem is spending. the government needs to cut spending. that is where we need to go in terms of reducing the deficit. guest: that is true, we to cut spending, but there is some conflicting of a couple issues. we to cut long-term spending on retirement programs to make them more in line with economic growth, not make them grow that much more quickly than economic growth. all the things that the republican house has passed, cuts, have the discretionary spending and n
the fiscal cliff. some folks think that perhaps senator mcconnell would not negotiate something with senate democrats if he wasn't sure that it was going to pass the house, that it would get by at least some of the republicans who would need to get by to pass. but i think the white house is hoping that he will kind of buck house republicans and agree to work something out so that something can pass the senate. but it's very much up in the air, miguel, and not certain that we are not going over the fiscal cliff at this point. >> sounds like a very dangerous game, a very complicated game of chicken, the highest levels. what is your sense of it? you spent time with the president, know washington well. do you think someone is going to blink? >> you know, if you'd asked me a couple of weeks ago, i would have said i didn't think that the country would go over the fiscal cliff. i think it's very much a possibility at this point. i was sort of surprised that, honestly, a deal wasn't worked out. so i think at this point, too, the white house would have told you behind the scenes that ultimately, a d
. >> i want to talk about the nrara quickly. on the fiscal cliff, this is friday but the markets did not star pretty. is the business community getting what they deserve? >> actually, a lot of the ceo's have been active in washington trying to broker a deal. that have been verery active and very piscivorous -- >> but a deal on their terms. >> actually not. the ceo's tend to be me morate because they arare just so bloody well feet. if you are jamie dimon, you u can say i can afford to pay more taxes. those guys do n not get affected by these tax hikes quite like the rest of us do. their army of accountants and taxx lawyers prohibit them from paying taxes. >> do you u feel like they are contributing or hurting? >> wdo not have an autocratic government. a lot of these ceo's are used to giving orders and having those orders followed. >> we finally heard friday from the national rifle associatition -- the gun industry. will they keep all of the freedoms that they have now? >> it is very weird when the nra is calling for a lotf spending atat aime when we areaving a debate about fiscal cont
in the next nine days to avoid the fiscal cliff we ring in the new year with big tax increases and spending cuts. here to talk about what is going to happen or two leading senators. john barrasso, chairman of the republican policy committee. and, from new york, democrat kent conrad, chairman of the senate budget committee. senators, welcome back to fox news sunday. >> thanks for having me. >> chris: before heading to hawaii for christmas the president laid out a new, stripped-down plan to avert the fiscal cliff. here's what it is, extend the bush tax cuts for people making less than $250,000. extend unemployment benefits for the 2 million people who will run out, next month. and, delay the sequester of $110 billion, in spending cuts, next year. for all of the talk of $4 trillion in debt reduction the plan would only save $800 billion, over ten years. senator conrad, is that the best that washington can do over the next nine days, and can you pass even that? >> look, chris. it may come to that but we can do better. and we should do better. this is an opportunity to do something that would be
's looking and eager for an agreement. >> doug, do you think republicans want to go over the fiscal cliff because then technically they won't have to vote to raise taxes, they won't have a record there? they'd only have a record on voting to cut taxes? don't worry, robert. i'll let you get in on this one, too. doug, what do you think? >> i don't know. i think the republicans are kind of going through their five stages of grief after the election. right now they're in denial and i think boehner is a little farther along. he's in the bargaining position. i think they're also looking at the next six to eight, ten months. robert and erin know this. i think there's some concern over potentially facing primary opponents. you had club for growth out there. i don't know if they necessarily want to. i think it makes their position harder. i think the president has more leverage if we go over the cliff. there are more senate democrats next year and more house democrats. i'm not sure what leverage they gain. >> you can't tell me some republicans don't mind if we go over the cliff, at least for a few
us to go over the fiscal cliff who will americans blame? cnn's paul stein hauser takes a look at the latest polls. >> hey, miguel. first things first, americans are worried about the tax increases and spending cuts that would kick in if the nation falls off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. check this out, seven of ten questioned in our cnn/orc national poll said they there would be major problems or a crisis in the country if that happens. >> part of what voters were looking for, is some compromise up here. that's what, that's what folks want. >> and our poll indicates more americans want the republicans rather than the democrats could compromise more to reach bipartisan solutions. >> the democrat-controlled senate and white house have no plan and have offer nod plan all year to deal with these looming cuts. >>> but the public doesn't seem to agree. and more people would blame republicans in congress rather than the president if no deal is reached. one reason why? more people see the views and policies of the gop rather than the democratic party as too extreme. that wa
to do about the fiscal cliff. earlier we had the opportunity to sit down with chris wallace to get an exclusive look at the interview with the senators. >> so chris, we are nine days away from falling over the fiscal cliff. what is your sense of whether or not it will happen? >> well, in talking to two senators on fox news sunday he is -- he said, one, he believes we are going to go over the cliff. and he thinks that president obama wants us to go over the cliff. i have to say up until last thursday when the senate -- the house voted on plan b, the boehner plan, i thought this was all jockeying and maneuvering for position. but when they defeated the plan, house republicans did, to increase on taxes only on people making $1 million a year i suddenly thought we may go over the cliff. one of the interesting things to see is the markets. this could be a situation where the markets basically force washington to do something by taking a real hit this week. we will see. >> and senator kent conrad of a different opinion? >> his feeling the obama plan, the president on friday before going
already. the fiscal cliff. it's not a cliff. it's a metaphor that refers to two single acts of congress signed by the president. spending cuts and tax hikes that can be easily changed as they were created. so enough already about a cliff. okay. capitalist of the year, pat? >> french actor gerald depardo. he flees from france to belgium to avoid the income tax. gives up his citizen shap. mort, you ought to take a look at that example. he fled the country. >> i will get back to you. >> mayor bloomberg, who put $250,000 into the maryland same-sex marriage campaign which succeeded. also, he used his money to defeat a pro-gun democratic in california. money well spent by the mayor of new york. >> fed chairman bernanke who saved the financial system which is at the core of capitalism. >> beautifully stated. >> jim demint from his move from the senate to the heritage foundation. i want to tell you mr. capitalist. >> with that salary? capitalist of the year mark zuckerman. for his $200 million contribution to columbia university for their institute for the mind and the brain. congratulations, m
for the president and house republicans to find common ground and avoid that fiscal cliff. >> i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> we'll continue to work our colleagues in the congress and white house on plan that will protect small businesses. >> alisyn: after a week, still at a stand still. where should the the congress go from here. >> good morning. >> alisyn: most people will consider what happened this week with john boehner's failure to bring even a vote on so-called plan b to be an embarrassment for the speaker, but you think that the g.o.p. dodged a bullet here? >> yeah, they dodged a serious bullet here in in case, when you think about it one of the most appealing quality of their brand they're principally opposed to tax increases that we don't have a revenue problem that we have a spending problem. to be on record as voting for a very anti-growth tax increase, i think, would imperil their house majority. >> and stf with just new years avenue, december 31st he. but he says actually the drop dead is the 27th to do the technicalities they have to do to pa
that would lead to an arrest in this case. >>> just over eight days until we reach the so-called fiscal cliff, the president and lawmakers have left dc for the holiday break without a deal in place. president obama maintains he he's met republicans halfway in negotiations, but that's still not good enough for republicans, which means the future for tax cuts is still uncertain. here's the latest. >> reporter: dc may be shutting down for christmas, but the clock hasn't stopped running and the fiscal cliff is closer than ever. no deal was reached this week to keep taxes from going up for everyone at the end of the year. house speaker john boehner says he's hopeful a deal can be reached, but in his weekly address, he continued hammering away at president obama. >> this was the year the size of our debt, all $16 trillion of it, surpassed the size of our entire economy. it's a grim milestone, one of many we'll have to bear if we don't come to grips with it. the president's solution of raising tax rates would still leave red ink for as far as the i can see. >> reporter: president obama landed in ha
was not a fiscal one, it was political, to follow the victory in november by creating a civil war among republicans over the tax issue, which is exactly what happened. he said the 1 requirement i have for any deal is hiking tax rates. the reason that boehner was not able to do plan b was because it involved breaching the principle, which he did openly and said he was ready to do it. there were conservatives who would not do it. that is not a figure of the party that will be extremely hard to reconcile. if you can not, how you get a deal done before january 1? >> that is essentially the problem the president faced with boehner two years ago. last year. can he deliver? how can you negotiate with someone who cannot deliver on his side? >> you go to people for support, at least three of whom have lost their committee assignments. how can you expect them to come over to your way of thinking? >> they were crowing when john boehner went down, taking some delight, but that was pre- cleared by the leadership. the leadership was with him. this is not a question of -- quite bluntly, leaving and losing their v
. if the republicans and the democrats can't get together to solve the fiscal cliff, then you will need an external force, you will need major market selloff. you will need a major economic trauma to get them to focus. >> there are other things that have been on the table. i want to talk about a few of those, as soon as we come back. coming up, the republicans want a new formula for inflation, it's called chained cpi, it could slow the growth in payments to social security recipients, that's got some people mad. the president has said he could agree do it, but democratic lawmakers say no way. [ bells dinging ] ♪ hark how the bells, sweet silver bells ♪ ♪ all seem to say throw care away ♪ ♪ from everywhere, filling the air ♪ [ female announcer ] chex party mix. easy 15-minute homemade recipes you just pop in a microwave. like caramel chocolate drizzles. happier holidays. chex party mix. happier holidays. santho, ho, ho!anta! santa! want to see some magic? watch this! merry chr... (crash) ow! i landed on my keys. did you get that? oh yeah. that was amazing. here you go. that was a fun tri
is the inevitable that we go over the fiscal cliff. true, it was asking the house republicans to vote for a tax increase. but it was -- they got some cover from grower and others and i think it was a political exercise more so than anythings and it had enabled the work, it would have changed the scenario. >> governor, you know first-hand the politics of raising taxes. what did you make of all this? >> i almost felt sorry for speaker boehner. being torn apart by his own caucus. i'm enthusiastic about them passing anything. tax bills have to start in the house. the senate can take whatever vehicle they send over and substitute for it something that makes sense and have it sent back and it's on them to say yes or no as to whether we go over the cliff. that's really the approach. >> so you want to see something come out of the house? >> anything. anything. and you substitute the total bill. but it has to come out of the house and that's the rationale for getting something there. >> they actually did get something out of the house early last week. they stopped the defense sequester and that's all th
for a ton of folks on capitol hill, especially among conservative republicans. they do not want that fiscal cliff. there are a number that are angry over the cuts that would come from defense. there is growing sentiment among some of them that if you go over the cliff, you look at the first real dollar to dollar ager spending cuts in a generation. some of them are eager about that. not necessarily a public thing, but they are talking amongst themselves. is this the worst thing if we go over it? some are looking at the same situation with tax rate. it is not the worst thing if we can suddenly raise our are sent to joe tax rates -- of tax rates. the center is boehner and obama and the other leadership posts there publicly saying no, no. you cannot go over this. we should stop this. host: barbara from texas. caller: thank you for taking my call this morning. merry christmas. i have been listening to c-span a lot. i have got some comments and one question. i do believe that we need to go over a physical cliff. doing a deal at the end of the year is getting old because everything is rushed. we n
's is located at 150 golden gate avenue. >> now to the latest on the looming fiscal cliff. that tax and cut measure >> i used to be a business owner are do not want taxes to go of, republicans to not want calkins to go up. despite suffering a major defeat this week, when he couldn't muster enough republican support to pass his own tax proposal, house speaker john boehner says there's still hope. in this week's republican address, boehner urges democrats to work with republicans on if no deal is reached by january 1st, severe cuts and tax increases will take effect sometime during the month. congress is cutting short its vacation to come back to work on thursday. >> a federal judge is givng the okay to b-p's settlement with businesses and people affected by the 20-10 oil spill in the gulf of mexico. under the settlement, b-p will pay close to eight billion dollars to settle economic and medical claims from thousands of businesses and individuals in louisiana, alabama and other coastal areas. aside from seafood industry claims, there is no cap on the amount b-p will pay to those who agree to
, that we go over the fiscal cliff, and that was reflected today on the sunday shows from both democrats and republicans. take a listen. >> passing plan b, the other night, would not have changed the outcome. we were going to go over the cliff before. we're going to go over the cliff now because it's what the president wants. you cannot negotiate with someone who does not want to negotiate. >> in the aftermath of the house republicans rejecting speaker boehner's so-called plan b, it's the first time i feel it's more likely we will go over the cliff than not, and if we allow that to happen, it will be the most colossal consequential act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time. maybe ever in american history. >> now, officially, don, the president is expected to be here or is supposedly here in hawaii through the new year, but i think the expectation now at this point is that with congress returning, president obama is likely to go back to washington to oversee things as perhaps they move or as perhaps the fiscal cliff comes nearer and the u.s. goes over it. >> can we expect any o
in the gop say the president doesn't want to avoid the fiscal cliff. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. he gets all of this additional tax revenue for new programs and he gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> president obama for his part said he is optimistic a deal can still be reached. he spoke at the white house friday before leaving for hawaii where he is now. but at the same time the president acknowledging there might not be time for any kind of a grand bargain. he scaled back his goals and pushing not for the big deal, but for middle class tax cut and extended benefits. a larger deal wouldn't be that hard to reach. >> what we ought to do is take speaker boehner's last offer, the president's last offer and split the difference. that would be a package of about $2.6 trillion. you couple that with the 1.1 trillion that will be done. that would be close to the $4 trillio
another washington story. we're nine days away from going over the fiscal cliff. any progress to speak of today? >> there are a number of members of congress today asking that the president and the speaker try one more time. both republicans and democrats and the senate are saying the chances of that big debt reducing deal really are lost. it's now a small deal, they expect it out of the senate probably later this week. >> david kerley reporting from washington tonight. thank you. >>> president obama attended the burial today of daniel inouhe. it was a 19-gun salute when the senator's coffin arrived at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress, the second longest serving senator in american history. he was 88 years old. >> the other big story we're following tonight, with a third of all americans traveling for the holidays, meteorologists are worried about the nightmare after christmas. two new storms are moving in. we'll get the forecast in i minute, but first the mess the weather is already creating. >> report
this so-called fiscal cliff? >> that's a really good question. it's one of the reasons i'm pretty excited about the fact we already acted. we acted several months ago to extend the tax cuts for all americans. we don't have to go over the cliff. there is a piece of legislation that has passed house, which is good-- >> schieffer: well, craig shirley, who is a republican operative tauthor, observer, was quoted as saying if we were in a parliamentary system, what happened to speaker boehner would have been viewed as a vote of no confidence. do you think speaker boehner ought to step aside and let somebody else try to get this done? >> speaker boehner will be the speaker next year, without any question. the onus right now is on senator reid and the president to come up with a solution, make it a piece of legislation, pass it through the senate, present it to the house, and let's get back to the bargaining table. the american people deserve for both houses to do something and ask the president to sign it. >> schieffer: well, are you saying that the house, speaker boehner, should take no respons
. with congress home for the holidays, a deal on the fiscal cliff looks less and less likely. that could be mean coal in the stocking for house speaker john boehner and the end to his two-year reign as republican leader. he's facing pressure from his own party after his plan b failure. he proposed a vote on the plan to allow taxes to go up on millionaires, but republicans had to pull it off the table after admitting they can't get it passed. foorn illustration check the latest poll, and that's what we have political editor paul stein hauser doing? >> americans are worried about the tax increases and spending cuts that will kick in at the end of the year. 7-10 questioned in our cnn/orc national poll say there would be major problems or a crisis in the country if that happens. >> part of what voters were looking for is some compromise up here. that's what folks want. >> and our poll indicates more americans want the republicans rather than the democrats to compromise more to reach bipartisan solutions. >> the democrat-controlled senate and white house have no plan and have offered no plan all year
of the capitol last night with no agreement to avert the fiscal cliff. john boehner is home in ohio tonight but left a video behind. >> washington is a serious spending probable hem. reporter: which was played in the capitol tonight would run in the empty halls. i he republican leaders took a rhetorical swipe at democrats. >> i'm stuck in washington trying to prevent my fellow kentuckians from having to shell out to uncle sam next year. >> the wall journal quoting unnamed sources says when he speaker offered $800 billion in revenue by limiting deductions, the speaker asked, what die get. the president reportedly said, you get nothing. i get that for free. unable to agree on a big deal the president is now hoping to get a small deal. stepped middle class tax rates, extend some unemployment benefits and agree to a framework for a big deal. >> that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> can it? consider speaker boehner's other words which are really echoing about making a deal. >> how we get, god only knows. >> the president waisted no time getting into vikes mode. the played
. it is well, fiscal cliff and we're worried about what happens in 30-days. wow, what a plan, for a huge country such as the united states. and i'm discouraged republicans have not really focused on the long-term economic issue that government spending destroys wealth and well-being. the cases made and the united states government spending has been rising as percentage of gross national product radically over last 12 to 15 years. we're closing in on europe with blinding speed. and consequences are reduced growth and reduced well-being. that is what the conversation ought to be about. neil: to that santa analogy, one thing very clear to me, we live in a society where entitlements are just expected, the gifts are just expected, the free bys are just expected. web sites logged on to see how many benefits you're eligible for, that are expected. i'm not saying there are not genuinely needy deserving folks in this country. we're more about what we get than what we can control. you know?t control. >> you know, neil, the other thing is, that the santa implication is that congss is just doling th
connecticut says it is looking likely we will go over the fiscal cliff. >>heather: thank you from washington, dc, steve. >>gregg: president obama spending the christmas holiday in hawaii, a somber moment as the president and the first lady attended a memorial service for daniel inouye, the decorated world war ii veteran and long-serving united states senators who passed away on monday. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live in honolulu. ed? >>reporter: the president gave the eulogy on friday in washington, dc, talking about growing up here in hawaii in the early 70's and seeing then young senator inouye lead the watergate hearings and president obama saying that was one of the earliest political inspirations looking up to that decorated world war ii veteran who continued his public service for some 50 years in the united states senate. a short time ago, senate majority leader harry reid was speaking at the national memorial cemetery of the pacific where senator inouye will be laid to rest. he talks about how senator bob dole came to the capitol last week to pay his last respects to
the fiscal cliff coming up. there are going to be things in that bill that i'm not going to like. there are going to be a lot of things that the republicans don't like. but if we're supposed to do our job for the country, that means we have to take that vote, and i will take that vote because i do not want to see our country go down. i want to see us go forward and get jobs. >> we have time for one more. "so was there not a piece of legislation and brought to the floor for a vote between 2009? and >> are members are very courageous and they will walk the plank on and a tough vote, but i want them to do that on something that will become law. yes, it is a tough vote, a very complicated, complex issue. it is something that many of us had been fighting for in the particulars of this and in personal lives as well. it was a very high priority for us. let's just say money. big money out there on the sides of those who would not be opposed. by the way, i do not paint all hunters with the same brush. i think this gives hunters a bad name. it is undeserved. many of them think it should be
going over the cliff, fiscal cliff here, and it's going to be a big crisis and everybody will wring their hands and then hopefully we're going to get a deal, which is going to require raising taxes. republicans going to hate and cutting back entitlements and democrats like the. and it will require a complex. i wish dwight eisenhower here work to engineer that compromise. >> two quick questions. the first one is in response to something you said just a few minutes ago. i just came here from the vietnam memorial wall, and there are some names from 1959 picks i think those need to be noted at least in a footnote. this happening under president eisenhower's watch. >> that's true. >> the bigger question as with or spoken to or spoken, you've only or spoken to you for i'm about but have a chance to read it yet, so i don't know the depth to which you go in the u2 affair that's already been touched on, but i am mindful that -- 1986 study called mayday. >> a great book. >> the very end of the book, he accounts eisenhower writing his memoirs in 1954, calling up john mckeown, then director of
think we're going over the fiscal cliff here, and it's going to be a big crisis, and everybody's going to wring their hands, and that's, hopefully, we're going to get a deal which is going to require raising taxes, which the republicans are going to hit, and cutting back entitlements that the democrats are going to hate, but it needs a compromise. i wish eisenhower were here to engineer that compromise. yes, sir? >> two quick questions. the first one is in response to something thaw yoid just minutes ago. i just came here from the vietnam memorial wall, and there are names from 1959. i think those needed to be noted in a footnote as happening -- >> that's true. >> under president eisenhower east watch. the bigger, little question as we've spoken. you signed my book, but i have not had a chance to read it. i don't know the depth in which you go in the u2 affair that's already been touched on, but i am mindful that from beschloss's book called "may day" -- >> a great book. >> recounts the memoirs in 1964 calling up the then director of cia -- >> right. >> saying, john, can you remind me
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